Oxford Brookes wins Good Farm Animal Welfare Award

Wednesday, 21 December 2011


Oxford Brookes University has won a Good Dairy Award from leading farm animal welfare charity, Compassion in World Farming, for the sourcing of the food provided by Chartwells' catering team. Last year over 31,000 litres of organic milk were purchased for Oxford Brookes, improving the lives of 120 dairy cows as a result.

Oxford Brookes University has won a Good Dairy Award from leading farm animal welfare charity, Compassion in World Farming, for the sourcing of the food provided by Chartwells' catering team. Last year over 31,000 litres of organic milk were purchased for Oxford Brookes, improving the lives of 120 dairy cows as a result.

The Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards celebrate and reward companies for committing to higher welfare policies, by sourcing only high welfare eggs, chicken or dairy produce for their catering. Award winning caterers have improved the lives of millions of hens, chickens, pigs and dairy cows as a result of these policies. Oxford Brookes have previously been recognised with Good Egg and Good Chicken awards by Compassion in World Farming.

The Good Farm Animal Welfare awards were presented by TV chef Allegra McEvedy at an event in London hosted by Jenny Jones, the Green Assembly Member and former chair of London Food. Food champions, including Gillian Almond, Deputy Director of Hospitality Services at Oxford Brookes University, also talked about the importance of ethical procurement.

Gillian Almond said; 'Sustainability is a core value for Oxford Brookes and by working with Chartwells and Compassion in World Farming we are able to drive our standards of sustainable purchasing and demonstrate our commitment to animal welfare. We are proud of our achievement of gaining good dairy to accompany our good egg and good chicken awards as we will continue to strive to prove the highest ethical standards in our catering operations.”

Of the award win, Catherine Fleming, Chartwells General Manager at Oxford Brookes, said; 'We're really proud of our award and thrilled with this recognition from Compassion in World Farming. We have been working closely with the University to engage students and staff on the topic of ethical sourcing and sustainability. We look forward to continuing our work towards animal welfare standards.”

The inaugural Public Procurement Awards form part of a suite of Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards that have been presented to the food industry across Europe since 2007. Over 265 million hens, chickens, pigs and dairy cows and calves are set to benefit each year as a result of winners' policies.

Launched in 2007, Compassion in World Farming's Food Business Team has pioneered a unique partnership approach – working with the European food industry to encourage and reward commitment, transparency, performance and innovation in the field of animal welfare.